Footprints In Vertical Skies

Paintings of Chicago Cityscapes and International Landmarks by Anastasia Mak
Special Exhibit Jackson Junge Gallery February 29 – April 29, 2012
Opening Reception Friday, March 2, 6pm – 9pm

“Footprints in Vertical Skies”, a special exhibit at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave in Chicago, features vivid paintings of Chicago cityscapes and international landmarks by Anastasia Mak. Mak’s paintings illustrate the energy that travel itself often embodies. Her vibrant color choice emulates the excitement and apprehension of stepping foot onto new terrain. The skies, done in a contemporary fashion of layering vertical stripes of color, make the viewer regard her paintings through a mosaic lens of cascading lines.

These lines are ever present in the skies of Mak’s paintings. Their dismantled appearance, behind iconic scenery, seems to describe the difficulty of blending in when visiting a foreign place. The exciting exploration of unfamiliar terrain is conveyed through the bright color choices the artist infuses into the textured surface of her canvas.

From Istanbul to Chicago, Mak has allowed her surroundings to inspire her art. Whether it’s the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chicago Skyline or a cliff-side landscape, the artist lets the architectural structure or natural integrity of the landscape influence her brushstroke. Often working from her own photographs from a variety of angles, Mak commits the impression she has of the place to canvas. The newly created artwork then reciprocally inspires more travel in search of the next destination and painting subject.

Based in Chicago, the artist is continually inspired to paint the unique and beautiful characteristics of this city. The world renowned architecture, sculpture, and lakeside cityscape often appear in Mak’s paintings. “Footprints in Vertical Skies” will feature some of her most recent paintings, including an aerial perspective of the City of Big Shoulders, attained from a recent helicopter tour.

The exhibit runs from February 29th thru April 29th, 2012. An opening reception with the artist is scheduled for the evening of Friday, March 2nd from 6-9pm. Reception and exhibit are free to the public.

The Jackson Junge Gallery features the work of Laura Lee Junge and other contemporary Chicago artists.

Exhibit Highlights:

“River of Big Shoulders”, A bird’s eye view over the Chicago River and surrounding buildings, incorporating vibrant blues and accent colors. Generously applied horizontal strokes of the water contrast sharply with the verticality of the iconic buildings of Chicago.

“Chicago Dusk”, A much softer play of color and line envelopes the Chicago Skyline as hues of yellow, orange, blue, purple and red descend from the sky. The John Hancock stands tall, pushing upward, away from the watery foreground and against the colorful sunset.

Websites: www.j2gallery.comwww.anastasiamak.com

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